Meaning of “actually” in the English Dictionary

"actually" in English

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actuallyadverb

uk /ˈæk.tʃu.ə.li/ us /ˈæk.tʃu.ə.li/

actually adverb (IN FACT)

A2 in fact or really:

I didn't actually see her - I just heard her voice.
So what actually happened?

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actually adverb (SURPRISE)

B1 used in sentences in which there is information that is in some way surprising or the opposite of what most people would expect:

I didn't like him at first, but in the end I actually got quite fond of him.
I'm one of the few people who doesn't actually like champagne.
humorous Don't tell me he actually paid for you!

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actually adverb (SAYING NO)

B2 used as a way of making a sentence slightly more polite, for example when you are expressing an opposing opinion, correcting what someone else has said, or refusing an offer:

"Alexander looks like he'd be good at sports." "Actually, he's not."
Actually, Gavin, it was Tuesday of last week, not Wednesday.
"Do you mind if I smoke?" "Well, actually, I'd rather you didn't."

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(Definition of “actually” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"actually" in American English

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actuallyadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈæk·tʃu·ə·li/

used to say that something is true, esp. when the true situation may not be known:

We actually had a hard time moving the sofa.

Actually is often used when you want to emphasize that something is surprising or unusual:

He actually expected me to pay for his dinner.

(Definition of “actually” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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When this rapid reaction force actually comes together, will it work in certain cases at a regional basis as well as an individual nation basis?
Instead of controlling the erratic movements of capital, the priority is 'structural reforms' actually aimed at privatising and deregulating anything still left to be privatised and deregulated.
What do we actually have right now?
They would prefer to be on the same floor as the plenary session and maybe we could actually look into that.
Nowadays it is not enough that people can read: new media reading skills will be actually just as important in the new millennium as traditional literacy.
What was very interesting from those discussions was to see how employment and organisation practices in private and public sector are actually moving closer together.
The protocols that periodically renew the agreements have been adapted to the true situation, to the quantities of fish actually caught and the state of resources in those fishing grounds.
What 'unbundled access to the local loop' actually does is force public operators to put the leasing of public telephone lines out to commercial tender as soon as possible.
I think we need to realise that what we are doing is actually forestalling the fears expressed here, with an agreement which, in this case, is purely about trade.